Avocado/soy unsaponifiables (ASUs). Unsaponifiables are components of an oil, fat, wax, etc. that are not soluble in water. They include sterols, squalene, carotenoids and the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) 1. Soybean oil unsaponifiables include β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, carotenoids and vitamins A, E and K 2. Avocado oil unsaponifiables include sterols 3, carotenoids, and vitamins E and K 2.
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